Junior reflects on double-duty weekend
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By Dominic Aragon
April 10, 2016
FORT WORTH, Texas—Dale Earnhardt Jr. was one of ten drivers to perform double duty this weekend at Texas Motor Speedway, but one of three to finish inside the top-five in both events. Junior’s runner-up finish in Saturday’s Duck Commander 500 was his second of 2016. The highest finishing Hendrick Motorsports driver talked about if he had an advantage over his non-double duty competitors.
“I think it really helps if the crew chiefs take advantage of the opportunity to stick around and watch the race and watch what they do with tire pressures and see what adjustments and listen to the driver,” he said to The Racing Experts.
“...As a driver you learn certain lines. I learned some lines that I happened to use tonight that ran as well for me as they did the night before, particularly entering turn three. I reentered a lot lower and chopped the corner a lot more, I guess, than most guys. “
Junior also talked about driving technique and how the crew chief plays a role with both races.
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Dale Earnhardt Jr. qualifies for the Duck Commander 500 Friday at Texas Motor Speedway.
“A lot of guys were arcing and I could beat them way deep into the middle of the corner, and I was doing that [Friday] night.
“There's some things out on the track that you learn, but I kind of rely on Greg [Ives] to try to take advantage of that opportunity to learn air pressure and stuff because that stuff kind of correlates. But the cars don't drive anything like each other.”